The odious flannelled fool himself ...
Ah well. Remember what McDonnell told that audience back in 2015? Here it comes: “Harry Cole will replace Sun political editor Tom Newton Dunn … rejoining the paper from the Mail on Sunday where he has been deputy political editor since 2018 … He was previously Westminster correspondent for the Sun after leaving political blogging site Guido Fawkes. He has also worked as contributing editor for The Spectator”.
Ha ha ha ha ha Harry Cole. Who couldn’t edit his way out of a paper bag. Who has been pretending to be a journalist ever since, as sole author of the Tory Bear blog, he called the phone hacking scandal disastrously wrong. Who claimed that being a contributing editor to the Spectator would open the door at any party, just before it failed to get him access to a private event hosted by Steve Coogan on behalf of campaigning group Hacked Off.
... and one of his greatest scoops (like heck)
Master Cole has continued the unintentional hilarity by telling “I want to thank Tom Newton Dunn, who … gave me a shot in the Lobby”. I say, is that legal? But Sun editor Victoria Newton, recently named in court documents relating to more of those pesky phone hacking claims, is more than happy to have the principle-free Cole on board.
The only problem is her detachment from reality: “Harry started his career at The Sun, and in his inimitable, mischievous way has firmly established himself as the scourge of politicians, breaking a string of fabulous scoops”. Like the one about Corbyn, the Privy Council, and Short Money? Cole couldn’t score a scoop in a tub of Ben and Jerry’s.
Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday needs a new deputy political editor, and Cole’s former pal in the service of the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog, Alex “Billy Liar” Wickham, is at a loose end after BuzzFeed ended its UK political operation.
Why is the press stuck in an increasingly downward spiral? I couldn’t possibly comment.